The province of Malaga offers a wide range of places you can visit. The typical Andalusian inland villages of Arab origin and the popular coastal towns during the summer are definitely great options to consider when you're planning your vacation.
The city of Malaga, which was founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC is one of the oldest cities in Europe and passed through Roman and Arab hands being one of the cultural and commercial centres of ancient times.
The name of the city comes from Malaka, given by the Phoenicians who settled in the area, to devote the city to the supreme god Melqart.
In recent history Malaga was the initial focus of industrialization in the peninsula; there are still attesting remains like big chimneys of the old factories no longer present and which remain as memorial of its past.
In the map above we can see the proximity to the main tourist destinations in the province, such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas among others.
To learn more about Malaga, its history and its attractions do not hesitate to visit our comprehensive travel guide.
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If you visit the province of Malaga, we recommend some of the most popular villages; you cannot leave without visiting them. In the map above you can see the approximate distance to the villages and their location.
This is one of the most representative towns of the province of Malaga. Being of Iberian origin, have passed through this city civilizations such as the Romans and Muslims, who gave it considerable importance.
Surrounded by mountains, when accessing from the coast you will enjoy a beautiful road route.
Frigiliana Village near Nerja situated in the Axarquia region, ideal for lovers of rural tourism and the beach; it has its origins in prehistory, with the establishment of the first settlement of the Bronze Age and which grew with the arrival of the Phoenicians.
Dominated by the Moors during the Middle Ages, the village was eventually conquered by the Christians. Currently you can see in one of its oldest streets some panels that tell the uprising of the people against the Christian invasion.
This town of Malaga is known for the famous Natural Park of El Torcal de Antequera. Its name comes from the one the Romans gave the city, "Antikaria", although the population settled in prehistoric times, during which they left important monuments we recommend visiting, such as the Dolmens of Antequera.
Fuente de Piedra
In the same region of Antequera is situated this town proceeding the Iberians and characterized mainly by the famous lagoon of Fuente de Piedra of great ecological interest and with a large population of flamingos.
Small village with Phoenician remains and where is still conserved the old Arabic layout of its streets. This town was one of those which remained longest under Muslim rule.
From Riogordo you have access to beautiful hiking trails that leave from the village towards the mountains, for lovers of rural tourism and culture, as some pass by the Phoenician and Roman ruins in the area.
To know more about the area, visit our Axarquía guide.
Located near San Pedro de Alcantara and Marbella is this mountain town, where we highlight the wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy its rich gastronomy. The Benahavis golf courses are one of its main tourist attractions.
Of Arab origin, its name means "Son of Avis" an Arab nobleman who ruled the ancient castle of Montemayor.
For other recommended places please check out our guide of towns of Malaga.